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I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication?

I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication?

Hot compresses: No otc medication is particularly helpful, but hot compresses frequently are a good first step. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication for treating it?

I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication for treating it?

Warm soaks: Hot compresses for 5-10 minutes, 3times a day will help treat. There are otc lid scrubs that will help clear the lashes of excess oils and lid debris that can block the oil glands. Antibiotics eye drops are not available without a prescription so an exam by an ophthalmologist is needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a stye and need to know if I can treat it using this medication?

What to do if I have a stye and need to know if I can treat it using this medication?

Stye: If this occurred rather suddenly, it probably is a stye, which is a blocked oil gland of the eyelid. It can become secondarily infected and can spread to adjacent tissues leading to cellulitis. Most of these styes respond to very warm compresses 3-4 times/day for 10' followed by gentle massage with a washcloth containing a small amount of baby shampoo. After a week, the stye should nearly resolve ...Read more

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Can you wear contacts while applying stye medication?

Can you wear contacts while applying stye medication?

Contacts and meds: I discourage wearing contact lenses while using ocular medications. You may wear your glasses until the treatment has been completed. The medication can coat and damage the contact lenses, there may be increased risk of corneal infection with an active lid infection, which would be another reason to discontinue contact lens wear. ...Read more

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Is there an over the counter medication for a stubborn stye. Had this for many months now without much change. If not what doctor should I see?

Is there an over the counter medication for a stubborn stye. Had this for many months now without much change. If not what doctor should I see?

Not really: When warm compresses & cleaning the lash line have not helped in weeks, sometimes the only good option is having it opened & drained by an eye surgeon. ...Read more

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What is a good over-the-counter medication for a stye on the outer upper eyelid?

What is a good over-the-counter medication for a stye on the outer upper eyelid?

Warm compress: Warm compresses to the eye for 15 minutes several times per day is usually all that is required. If this does not drain spontaneously and cure in 2 weeks see your doc. ...Read more

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I have had a stye since Halloween and I have gone to the doctors twice and got gel medication and eye drops and neither worked?

I have had a stye since Halloween and I have gone to the doctors twice and got gel medication and eye drops and neither worked?

Needs drainage: Most primary care doctors don't drain styes (I do if they can be drained easily). Usually an eye doc can take care of them (but they make you wait 3 weeks total time in most cases). If the stye comes back or worsens it could be something else more dangerous, or just a stye again. Best of luck ...Read more

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R OTC eyedrops for eyelid stye/cyst helpful, what r home remedies? What is the difference between a stye & cyst; Spread 2 other eye/contactLens/makeup?

Many questions here: Externally applied medication does not affect styes. Generous application of heated cloths is the best remedy. A stye is an infected lid gland. If the body's battle to get rid of the stye is only partially effect, it may surround the stye with a cyst wall termed a chalazion. Styes are not infectious and not related to contact lens wear. ...Read more

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I can feel a hordeolum starting up on my lower lid. Is there any OTC treatment?

I can feel a hordeolum starting up on my lower lid. Is there any OTC treatment?

Hot compresses: Start with hot compresses 10 mins at least twice a day. If it does not improve after a week, go see your eye md for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How to remove styes quick and easy?

How to remove styes quick and easy?

Warm compresses: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm compresses. These loosen the oils and allow them to be expressed from the lid. If persistent, a hordeolum can become a chalazion, which often needs either a steroid injection or surgical excision. See an ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more

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How to treat styes?

Compresses: Place warm, wet compresses for 10 minutes three to six times a day. Don't try to squish or squeeze your stye. ...Read more

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Why does my stye itch?

Healing: Itching is a frequent component of healing. This occurs anywhere on the body and can take place in the lid as it is combating and healing from a stye. Scratching the lid is a little difficult; you can obtain relief with very warm compresses. ...Read more

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How can I cure a stye?

Warm compresses: Do not squeeze it. Tincture of time will cure most styes. Use of a teabag also works as an astringent just make sure its not too hot ...Read more

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Do you feel a stye pop?

Do you feel a stye pop?

I suppose: The relief of the built-up pressure in the style, once drained, feels better & less pressure. Like a pimple on one's face, when popped, do you really hear it pop? I don't think so. As with sties, the only noise that I usually hear are those of pain, but not from the "popping" of the sty itself. ...Read more

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What do you do for a stye?

Warm Compresses: Try a warm compress for 15 min three times a day. If after a few days it's not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is lancing a stye painful?

Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesthesia is administered, which is minimally uncomfortable (similar to what a dentist would use). Once the numbing has taken place, there should be zero discomfort during the brief procedure. ...Read more

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What happens if a stye pops?

If...: If it becomes more inflamed, grows larger, keeps presenting pus or very painful you need to be seen as soon as possible. If it gets better and grows smaller then it means it is healing. ...Read more

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Can I use toothpaste on styes?

Can I use toothpaste on styes?

NO: Be very careful what you use toothpaste for. Use products for its intended use. Would you ever brush your teeth with vagisil? ...Read more

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Can you put raw meat on styes?

Why?: You can...But it will not help the stye and will ruin a good piece of steak! ...Read more

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What should I do about my stye?

What should I do about my stye?

Compresses: Place warm, wet compresses for 10 minutes three to six times a day. Don't try to squish or squeeze your stye. ...Read more

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What is a way to solve my stye?

Warm compresses: Warm compresses, or surgical incision and drainage, or steroid have been the only effective treatments demonstrated get rid of a stye. A stye is due to the orifice of an oil gland (mebomian gland) in the eyelid margin becoming inflamed, and not an infection. ...Read more

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I want help with curing a stye?

I want help with curing a stye?

Warm compresses: Apply a warm wet washclothe to your eyelid four times per day. If this does not cause the stye to resolve, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How can I clean my popped stye?

Warm soak it: A chalazion is another name for a sty. It is a collection of oil from a plugged minimum gland. Warm soak with a hit wash cloth three times a day to help draw out the oil inflammatory cells. ...Read more

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Is pataday used to treat styes?

Is pataday used to treat styes?

Pataday: Is an allergy drop. This will not help a stye. You can use some warm compresses if your eyelid is swollen and tender. ...Read more

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How should I treat a kid's stye?

How should I treat a kid's stye?

Stye: Apply warm compresses to affected eye to bring stye to a head (it's similar to a pimple, only on the eyelid margin) so it will open & drain. Do not squeeze it. Use fresh compress each time. If child rubs eye, wash hands frequently. If not improved, see fp for exam & possible rx for eye antibiotic. Occasionally resistant ones have to be opened by doc to remove contents. ...Read more

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What if a stye lasts for a month?

No longer a stye: It is probably a chalazion. This is a little bump that is not painful. You can treat a chalazion by applying a hot wash clothe to it 3-4 times per day. If it does not go away in a few weeks, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a stye?

What are some symptoms of a stye?

Stye: Swollen eyelid with red tender painful spot, burning of eye with scratchy sensation, blurred vision, light sensitivity, mucous discharge in eye, tearing, discomfort when blink, and sensation of foreign body in the eye. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more